If you are traveling with family or plan to stay long
term in Cancun, renting a private home may be a better option than
staying in hotels. Private homes provide privacy, personal touches
Rental houses vary in size but the standard house usually has one
to three bedrooms. Look for a fully furnished kitchen, dining
and living room equipped with modern appliances and conveniences
along with bedding, linens and towels, television and stereo and
modern plumbing and electricity. There are not as many rental houses
in the Hotel Zone so they tend to be more expensive falling into
the ultra-luxurious category. More economical and modest housing
can be found in the downtown area. You will have better luck in
the smaller communities along the coast such as Puerto Morelos,
Playa del Carmen, Akumal and Puerto Aventuras—all have quite a good
selection of rental homes.
Generally rental homes fall into two categories: bungalows and cabanas.
Bungalows are usually rented by the day, week or month. They may
or may not come with domestic servants. Check to see if their fees
are included in the house rental – usually you pay for your own
maid. Several families can share large bungalows making them an
economical choice. Check beforehand to see how many people are allowed
as some owners set a limit. Cabanas are usually located on the beach
are smaller – one to two bedrooms. They resemble cottages where
everything doesn’t match but the location more than makes up for
the simplicity of the furnishings. Of course, there are also cabanas
that are super-luxurious with a price tag to match.
The biggest obstacle is finding a suitable house. There are rental
agencies specializing in tourist rentals known as Agencia de Renta.
You may also want to consider doing a house exchange. The safest
way to rent, of course, is with a recommendation from someone who
know who has rented the house before or knows the area. If you are
renting the place sight unseen, ask for some kind of brochure with
pictures, references and a contract clearing outlining the terms
before signing anything or sending money. Remember, appearances,
particularly over the Internet, can be deceiving.